WCT Day 4
The previous day was actually the toughest day of the trail for me... and it's all because I tried to hike just 10% faster. It really did a number on me and caused a dangerous scenario, tripping near the ledge. Lesson learned. I need to hike at my regular pace which I can withstand for the full day. I was behind schedule so this was going to be a long day but hopefully I would be back on track by nightfall.
I stopped at Carmanah Lighthouse to check it out. They had whale bones spread out across the grass and recreated a full whale skeleton… it was cool and unexpected, like many things on this trail. I talked with the lighthouse keeper and she warned me of a ‘nuisance bear’ at Thrasher Cove. I knew immediately that this was the bear I had overheard about. As a solo hiker, this is not what you want to hear. I considered hiking with others to be in a group but I didn’t end up doing that... I just thought about it.
After leaving the lighthouse I walked approximately 1 km to Chez Monique’s which is a little shack on the beach that sold burgers. Yum, a big fat burger with the works on it. I ate it so fast I had to take a nap in the sun for 20 minutes.
I walked until fairly late in the day (roughly 8 pm) and got to Walbran Creek campsite at kilometer 53 to set up. I pushed hard this day but I was officially back on track. Since I got there late, there were slim pickings for where I could set up my hammock. I had to camp closer to the outhouses than I would have liked. Every once in a while the wind would shift and I’d get a shitty smell (literally). It didn’t make too much of a difference though because I slept for a solid 12 hours (10pm – 10am). Do you understand now why I love my hammock? You can’t get that kind of sleep in a tent. You think of hammocks as making you lie in an uncomfortable banana shape but the Hennessy Hammock is different.